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January 1999


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XXIII Latin American Chemical Congress

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico,
26-30 July 1998

The XXIII Latin American Chemical Congress was organized by the Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Química (FLAQ) and the Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico. There were more than 800 participants at the Congress which featured 9 plenary sessions, 4 symposia, 72 mini-courses for continuing education in all areas of chemistry, and 12 sessions covering biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, agricultural chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical education, analytical chemistry, natural products, environmental chemistry, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and physical chemistry. Contributors came from 16 countries: Argentina (4), Brazil (9), Bolivia (3), Canada (3), Chile (39), Colombia (39), Cuba (20), Spain (3), United States (13), México (90), Panamá (4), Puerto Rico (43), Dominican Republic (1), Uruguay (1), Venezuela (6).

Special guests included Dr. Paul Walters, President of the American Chemical Society, Prof. Ernest Eliel, PastPresident of the ACS, Dr. John Malin, Director of International Activities of the ACS, Dr. Edwin Becker, Secretary General of IUPAC, and Dr. John Jost, Executive Director of IUPAC. In addition, delegates from the chemical societies of Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, México, Panamá, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, and Venezuela attended.

The plenary speakers included Nobel Laureates Dr. Roald Hoffman (USA) and Dr. Mario Molina (USA) as well as Dr. Mario Suwalsky (Chile), Dr. Nelson Duran (Brazil), Dr. Ernest Eliel (USA), Dr. Pedro Joseph Nathan (México), Dr. Héctor Abruña (USA), Dr. Antonio Monge (Spain) and Dr. Roger Bybee (USA).

At the meeting of FLAQ delegates, Dr. Gabriel Infante was elected President and Lic. Madeline Pardo was elected Secretary General for the period 1999-2000 (both of Puerto Rico). The Secretary and Treasurer of FLAQ continue to be Dr. Juan de Dios Guevara and Dr. Leonidas Unzueta respectively (both of Perú).

The XXIV Congress will be held in Perú in 2000.



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